Bangladesh factory fire death toll rises to 115
The death toll in a fire at a garment factory near Bangladesh's capital rose to 115 as rescuers retrieved more bodies from the ashes, officials said Sunday.
The factory workers, mostly women, were trapped inside when the building caught fire on Saturday evening, said Major Mahbubur Rahman, director operation of Fire Service and Civil Defence department, dpa reported.
The fire broke out on the ground floor of the nine-storey Tajnin Fashion factory, 20 kilometres north-west of Dhaka, and quickly engulfed the upper floors where more than 1,000 workers were on duty.
Police officer Habibur Rahman said the death toll may rise as the rescuers continue the search operation.
He said it was not clear how many workers had survived.
More than 200 workers who sustained burn injuries were taken to hospitals, he said.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturer and Exporters Association said that it would provide a compensation package for families of victims.
The cause of the fire was not yet known.